NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Bristol

Note: the quotes in this article are fictional.

1. Kyle Larson — Larson suffered a late pit lane penalty, damaging his hopes for a high finish, but salvaged a strong fifth-place at Bristol.

"The Bristol surface really did a number on tires," Larson said. "So, it's all about conserving your tires, which is difficult for race car drivers who just want to go fast. We have to toe the fine line between burning rubber without burning too much rubber."

2. Martin Truex, Jr. — Truex battled to the end, but couldn't quite catch Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin and settled for second in the Food City 500.

"I think we're all glad we're not racing on dirt at Bristol," Truex said. "I think the exciting racing that took place on Sunday is concrete evidence of the surface we should race on going forward."

3. Denny Hamlin — Hamlin led 163 laps, taking charge late and securing the win in the Food City 500, earning his first victory of the season.

"This race was all about tire management," Hamlin said. "Luckily, I was able to manage mine best. That's why, after the race, I requested that all queries for interviews be addressed as follows: 'I'd like to speak to the manager.'"

4. Ryan Blaney — Blaney started on the pole and finished 16th in a wild Food City 500.

"I haven't finished worse than 16th all year," Blaney said. "I may be winless, but my consistency is unmatched. I guess that runs in the family, because my father Dave also consistently did not win."

5. Christopher Bell — Bell ran up front for most of the day at Bristol, but suffered a late flat tire and finished 10th in the Food City 500.

"Goodyear really had to stay busy to keep everyone supplied with tires," Bell said. "There was a point in which every team was wondering if we would even get extra sets of tires. It went from 'tire wear' to 'tire where?'"

6. Ross Chastain — Chastain finished 15th at Bristol.

"My car featured the Busch Light Fishing paint scheme," Chastain said. "Busch Light would like to remind people to not overdo it if you're out on the water fishing while enjoying your Busch Light, lest you get 'fish fried.'"

7. Chris Buescher — Buescher posted his third top-10 finish with a seventh in the Food City 500.

"The No. 17 Build Submarines Ford was strong all day at Bristol," Buescher said. "Like every other driver, I ran much of the race worrying about whether I'd blow a tire, or tires. So, I don't know what was the biggest theme of the race, stress on tires, or stress about tires."

8. William Byron — Disaster struck early for Byron at Bristol, as contact between Christopher Bell and Joey Logano sent Byron into the wall on lap 20, resulting in a broken toe link. Byron finished 35th, 8 laps down.

"I'm not happy about what happened," Byron said. "Now, if you ask me about it, I'd rather not talk about it, which is the opposite of what Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s pool boy did in the 2022 Netflix series 'God Forbid.'"

9. Ty Gibbs — Gibbs swept Stages 1 and 2 at Bristol, but tire troubles late coast him a chance for the win. He still posted a solid ninth in the Food City 500.

"Toyotas dominated at Bristol," Gibbs said. "I'm sure that doesn't make Ford and Chevy drivers happy. Their cars were made in America, but the drivers were mad in America."

10. Chase Elliott — Eliott finished 8th at Bristol.

"Tire wear created a lot of what is known as 'marbles' on the track," Elliott said. "When you can actually see the pieces of your tires coming off and ending up on the track, that can be very scary. But as professional drivers, we have to deal with it. And the only way to deal with marbles on the track is to have marbles in your sack."

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